Just two days away from its official reveal, but it just couldn’t wait.
A Dutch blog has seemingly unveiled Volvo’s new 2017 XC60, the second-generation of one of Europe’s favourite SUVs. While nothing has been confirmed by the Swedish marque, it’s safe to say that this is likely the real deal, as the profile matches well with the teasers and spy shots that we’ve seen previously of the new XC60.
The XC60 bears a striking resemblance to the bigger XC90, which debuted a new design direction for the brand. The ‘Thor’s Hammer’ LED daytime running lights feature here, and the tall taillamps are reminiscent of the outgoing car. The XC60 gets an steeply-raked hatch, while the nose of the car sees the Volvo grille sit prominently, touching the headlights on either end (differing from Series-90 cars, which see the lights separated from the grille edges).
The cabin of the XC60 should see big revisions, too: As the first of the new-generation of Series-60 cars, the XC60 will preview an interior design deriving heavily from that of the XC90, and will likely feature a large Sensus infotainment unit in the centre of the dashboard. Aesthetic changes aside, the XC60 will also see drivetrain revisions, making full use of Volvo’s Drive-E powertrain family. The use of the Drive-E powertrains should also see the XC60 family include a plug-in hybrid variant, that will likely sit at the top of the lineup (like the XC90 T8 TwinEngine).
The new XC60 will be competing in one of the most hard-fought segments out there, though even in its current guise it sells strongly in most markets. The BMW X3 and Audi Q5, both recently refreshed, will be aiming to lure buyers away from the Iron Mark. Though, the XC60 needn’t worry if it’ll impress the same way the XC90 did when it debuted in 2014.